Disgraced mayor Lutfur Rahman appears before solicitors’ tribunal
Disciplinary proceedings opened yesterday against Lutfur Rahman, the solicitor and former mayor of Tower Hamlets, who is accused of breaching a string of professional rules.
Rahman, who qualified as a solicitor in 1997, is charged by the profession’s watchdog of failing to uphold the rule of law and administration of justice. He is also accused of failing to act with integrity and failing to behave in a way that maintains the trust the public places in him as a lawyer.
Two years ago an election court found him guilty of illegal and corrupt practices relating to his re-election campaign in the east London borough in 2014.
Rahman had applied for a last-minute adjournment of the four-day hearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, according to the Law Gazette. But his application on the grounds that he was unable to represent himself was rejected.
Ed Levey, of Fountain Court Chambers, for the Solicitors Regulation Authority, told the tribunal before the substantive proceedings began that Rahman had practised as a solicitor for eight years and that it was fairly common for respondents with that level of experience to represent themselves at disciplinary hearings.
Rahman denies all the charges. The case continues.